Happy Juneteenth, everybody! If you haven’t heard of Juneteenth, it’s the holiday that celebrates the liberation of slaves in America. A well-known representation of Juneteenth in pop culture comes from the hit TV show Black-ish, where the history of Juneteenth is put to song with a familiar tune. Check it out:
Here are 5 shows & movies that we love that feature and celebrate Black artists.
Black-ish is a hilarious and emotional family sitcom that follows an upper-middle class Black family as they deal with multiple personal and sociopolitical issues. This show has received many Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for its unique way of handling complex social problems.
Atlanta was created by and stars Donald Glover. While we think that is reason enough to watch Atlanta, we also want to mention how powerful the characters are in this brilliant comedy-drama series. Donald Glover’s character, Earnest "Earn" Marks, is a college dropout who eventually takes charge of his cousin's rap career. AND Donald Glover’s acting is incredible! (Did we mention that Donald Glover is in this show?)
We’d be lying if we didn’t say that we aspire to be as incredible as Beyonce. In her Netflix film, we see Beyonce perform at the 2018 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, and learn about the creative process behind her works and cultural movements. Written, directed, and executive produced by Beyonce herself, Homecoming is truly a film that shows the strength and versatility of Black artists.
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air holds a special place in our heart. It’s our go-to ‘sick day’ show. Whenever we aren’t feeling well, we’ll sink into the couch and turn on The Fresh Prince. Why? Because it’s fun. Will Smith and the Banks family always make us feel better. Funny and heart-felt, The Fresh Prince should be celebrated every single day.
Watchmen takes place 34 years after the famous comic series. Set in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 2019, Watchmen is a superhero series set in an alternate reality where masked vigilantes are treated as outlaws, and a white supremacist group is on the rise. Eeks.
BONUS! HBO has made Watchmen FREE for this weekend only to celebrate Juneteenth. Binge all of Watchmen here.
What films and shows with Black artists do you recommend watching? Let us know in the comments!